Part 2 of “Living to a Standard”
Sunday, July 24, 2011
By Pastor Matt McFarland
Please open your Bible and follow along.
Verses referenced in this teaching:
Luke 22:31 – 32
2nd Corinthians 12:7-10
Weekly Prayer by Rev. Loree Pardi
God chastens those He loves, just like a loving father disciplines his children, God will correct us when we get out in left field, because He loves us and knows what’s best for us. God strongly advises us to live our life according to His Word, because He knows it’s exactly what we need to have an abundant life and sometimes we find ourselves halfheartedly going through the motions spiritually, with very little or no enthusiasm at all. It is God’s desire that we have a true change of heart toward Him, with an unwavering dedication to His Word. Scripture: Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke (correct) and chasten (instruct): be zealous (have an earnest desire), therefore and repent (change the way you think).
Prayer; Dear Heavenly Father, I love You with all that I am and I thank You for instructing me in the things of Your Word so that I can truly live a life that is more than abundant. Father, You gave everything to save me from a life of sin and shame and I praise You for providing everything I need to have a healthy, prosperous journey through life. Father God, I pray for the endurance to hold up under the chastening and the strength of heart to persevere through the training because I know that afterward I will be stronger. Father, right now in Jesus’ name I rededicate myself to You and I pray that You will help me to be more committed than ever before to do Your will, that I might be a better witness of the gospel of Christ. And Father, it’s with a heart of thanksgiving that I pray and ask for all these things, I give You all praise, honor and glory. In Jesus’ glorious name I pray.